Taoiseach Enda Kenny first accepted “full responsibility” for Whatever It Is last Friday, changing his plea from innocent to guilty in the space of 24 hours

Whatever that sin might be, the Taoiseach remains remarkably unaware of what it is. But he has apologised nonetheless

Tadhg Kilbride (2), from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath on the third and final day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach’s senior conventional stroke was a lively addition to the Ploughing

Gerry King (left) from Dunleer, Co Louth, ploughing in the senior horse section, watched by his son Gerard  at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke

Almost 125,000 turn up at Carter family farm in Co Laois for day two of ‘the Ploughing’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: has only to grin sideways at the Opposition to send the Fine Gael  troops into paroxysms of laughter.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Dáil Sketch: deadpan Minister for Finance targets Sinn Féin ‘red-line issues’

Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dáil sketch: A new season starts but the transfer window remains open

Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton  during the Labour Party  think-in  at Whites Hotel, Wexford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Burton’s leadership style impresses as think-in a fairly relaxed and pleasant affair

Chin wag: Labour party members pose for a group photo at Whites Hotel In Wexford. “When you shoot people from above, it tends to eliminate double chins,” explained a photographer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whatever about its think-in, Labour grabbed the prize for the cheesiest family photo

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Health Minister Leo Varadkar converse over a cup of tea on the final day of the Fine Gael think-in at Fota Island Resort in Co Cork. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Miriam Lord stalks the corridors of the Fota Island Hotel in Cork at the Fine Gael think-in

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Eoghan Murphy TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Senator Catherine Noone take a selfie at the Fine Gael event in Fota Island resort yesterday. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Miriam Lord: Forget the Five Point Plan – the 94 Initiatives are where it’s at now

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